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SubjectRe: ksoftirqd? (Was: Re: [PATCH] Preemption Latency Measurement Tool)
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On Saturday 22 September 2001 15.14, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 22, 2001 at 02:56:58PM +0200, Roger Larsson wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > We have a new kid on the block since we started thinking of a preemptive
> > kernel.
> >
> > ksoftirqd...
> >
> > Running with nice 19 (shouldn't it really be -19?)

I repeat this question - should it be nice 19 and not nice -19 (not nice)?

> > Or have a RT setting? (maybe not since one of the reasons for
> > softirqd would be lost - would be scheduled in immediately)
> > Can't a high prio or RT process be starved due to missing
> > service (bh) after an interrupt?
>
> It cannot be starved, if ksoftirqd is never scheduled the do_softirq()
> will be run by the next timer irq or apic_timer irq.
>

Then could you please explain the output after adding a printk in
ksoftirqd like this.

--- kernel/softirq.c~ Mon Sep 17 22:37:34 2001
+++ kernel/softirq.c Sat Sep 22 21:46:49 2001
@@ -387,6 +387,7 @@
__set_current_state(TASK_RUNNING);

while (softirq_pending(cpu)) {
+ printk("ksoftirqd: do_softirq\n");
do_softirq();
if (current->need_resched)
schedule();

Output like this:

Sep 22 22:37:38 jeloin logger: *** ./stress_dbench begin ***
Sep 22 22:37:42 jeloin kernel: ksoftirqd: do_softirq
Sep 22 22:37:44 jeloin last message repeated 2 times
Sep 22 22:37:48 jeloin kernel: Latency 8ms PID 7 %% kupdated
Sep 22 22:37:49 jeloin kernel: ksoftirqd: do_softirq
Sep 22 22:38:19 jeloin last message repeated 18 times
Sep 22 22:38:20 jeloin su: (to root) roger on /dev/pts/2
Sep 22 22:38:20 jeloin PAM-unix2[988]: session started for user root, service
su
Sep 22 22:38:23 jeloin kernel: ksoftirqd: do_softirq
Sep 22 22:38:24 jeloin modprobe: modprobe: Can't locate module net-pf-10
Sep 22 22:38:24 jeloin kernel: ksoftirqd: do_softirq
Sep 22 22:38:58 jeloin last message repeated 20 times
Sep 22 22:39:05 jeloin last message repeated 4 times
Sep 22 22:42:03 jeloin kernel: ksoftirqd: do_softirq
Sep 22 22:43:58 jeloin logger: *** ./stress_dbench end ***

> > This will not show up in latency profiling patches since
> > the kernel does what is requested...
> >
> > Previously it was run directly after interrupt,
> > before returning to the interrupted process...
>
> It is still the case, that's also the common case actually.
>

Possibly but the other case is quite common too...

/RogerL

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Roger Larsson
Skellefteå
Sweden
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